UK inexplicably bars WikiLeaks editor from extradition hearing day after Assange handcuffed 11 times & STRIPPED twice


25-02-20 07:31:00,

Wikileaks editor Kristin Hrafnsson was temporarily barred from the extradition hearing for publisher Julian Assange, who was reportedly handcuffed 11 times, stripped twice, and robbed of his legal papers after the first court day.

Hrafnsson was pulled out of the crowd as he attempted to enter the public gallery of Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday morning, he told RT, after someone shouted “Where is the WikiLeaks editor?

Explaining that he was given “no grounds” for the order and was unable to locate the head of the court to get an answer, he recorded and released a statement denouncing his exclusion from the supposedly-public proceedings as “outrageous” and calling on the public to “demand some answers — because I’m not getting any.

Assange’s father John Shipton also walked out in solidarity, while the publisher’s lawyer Gareth Pierce worked to get Hrafnsson permission to enter. He was finally approached and told “a misunderstanding had occurred,” given a verbal apology and allowed to enter the public gallery, but his exclusion was never explained. Hrafnsson has demanded an explanation in writing and a formal apology. The WikiLeaks editor was equally disgusted by the treatment of Assange himself, who was — according to his lawyer — handcuffed 11 times, stripped twice, and deprived of his legal papers following the conclusion of the first day of hearings. “How can anybody prepare for a trial when he is treated in this manner?” Hrafnsson asked, calling the UK’s handling of its high-profile prisoner “highly abusive.”

This is not a thing you should expect in a civilized country where human rights concerns are highlighted.

Hrafnsson is not optimistic about Assange’s future, noting that the “English court is being misled by Americans who are trying to abuse the process of extradition by mere fabrications.” The cramped quarters — just 12 or 13 seats in the public gallery, while the legions of protesters are kept outside the court compound “for no apparent reason” — are “totally inadequate for a trial of this importance,” he said,

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With WikiLeaks, Julian Assange did what all journalists should do


22-02-20 11:08:00,

I was in Kabul in 2010 when Julian Assange and WikiLeaks first released a vast archive of classified US government documents, revealing what Washington really knew about what was happening in the world. I was particularly interested in one of these disclosures, which came in the shape of a video that the Pentagon had refused to release despite a Freedom of Information Act request.

When WikiLeaks did release the video, it was obvious why the US generals had wanted to keep it secret. Three years earlier, I had been in Baghdad when a US helicopter machine-gunned and fired rockets at a group of civilians on the ground who its pilots claimed were armed insurgents, killing or wounding many of them.

Journalists in Iraq were disbelieving about the US military’s claims because the dead included two reporters from the Reuters news agency. Nor was it likely that insurgents would have been walking in the open with their weapons when a US Apache helicopter was overhead.

We could not prove anything until WikiLeaks made public the film from the Apache. Viewing it still has the power to shock: the pilots are cock-a-hoop as they hunt their prey, including people in a vehicle who stop to help the wounded, saying, “Oh yeah, look at those dead bastards,” and, “Ha, ha, I hit them.” Anybody interested in why the US failed in Iraq should have a look.

The WikiLeaks revelations in 2010 and in 2016 are the present-day equivalent of the release by Daniel Ellsberg in 1971 of the Pentagon Papers, unmasking the true history of the US engagement in the Vietnam War. They are, in fact, of even greater significance because they are more wide-ranging and provide an entry point into the world as the US government really sees it.

The disclosures were probably the greatest journalistic scoop in history, and newspapers such as The New York Times recognised this by the vast space they gave to the revelations. Corroboration of their importance has been grimly confirmed by the rage of the US security establishment and its overseas allies, and the furious determination with which they have pursued Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks.

Daniel Ellsberg is rightly treated as a hero who revealed the truth about Vietnam,

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WikiLeaks Editor: US Is Saying First Amendment Doesn’t Apply To Foreigners In Assange Case


23-01-20 05:35:00,

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson gave a brief statement to the press after the latest court hearing for Julian Assange’s extradition case in London today, saying the Trump administration is arguing that the First Amendment of the US Constitution doesn’t provide press freedom protection to foreign nationals like Assange.

“We have now learned from submissions and affidavits presented by the United States to this court that they do not consider foreign nationals to have a First Amendment protection,” Hrafnsson said.

“Now let that sink in for a second,” Hrafnsson continued. “At the same time that the US government is chasing journalists all over the world, they claim they have extra-territorial reach, they have decided that all foreign journalists which include many of you here, have no protection under the First Amendment of the United States. So that goes to show the gravity of this case. This is not about Julian Assange, it’s about press freedom.”

Hrafnsson’s very newsworthy claim has as of this writing received no mainstream news media coverage at all. The video above is from independent reporter Gordon Dimmack.

This prosecutorial strategy would be very much in alignment with remarks made in 2017 by then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

“Julian Assange has no First Amendment freedoms. He’s sitting in an embassy in London. He’s not a U.S. citizen,” Pompeo told the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

That, like nearly every sound which emits from Pompeo’s amorphous face, was a lie. The First Amendment is not a set of special free speech privileges that the US government magnanimously bestows upon a few select individuals, it’s a limitation placed upon the US government’s ability to restrict rights that all persons everywhere are assumed to have.

This is like a sex offender who’s barred from living within 500 yards of a school claiming that the school he moved in next to is exempt because it’s full of immigrants who therefore aren’t protected by his restriction. It’s a restriction placed on the government, not a right that is given to certain people.

Attorney and Future of Freedom Foundation president Jacob Hornberger explained after Pompeo’s remarks, “As Jefferson points out,

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WikiLeaks: Chemical Weapons Watchdog Ordered Deletion of ‘All Traces’ of Findings that Syrian ‘Chemical Attack’ May Have Been Staged – Global Research


31-12-19 04:26:00,

Wikileaks has published shocking leaked documents from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in which they covered up a dissenting report that concluded chemical weapons were not used in the Syrian city of Duoma last year.


The latest release is the fourth batch of leaked documents that WikiLeaks has published from OPCW.

In one of the leaked e-mail exchanges, from February 27-28, between members of the fact finding mission (FFM) deployed to Douma and senior officials of the OPCW, the watchdog’s Chief of Cabinet Sebastien Braha ordered the removal of “all traces” of a report by Ian Henderson.

“Please get this document out of DRA [Documents Registry Archive]… And please remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever in DRA,” the email reads.

Henderson had inspected the sites in Douma and two cylinders that were found on the site of the alleged attack. In his report, he had concluded that the cylinders were more likely placed there — not dropped. His findings heavily indicated that the “attack” was staged.

US media and politicians uncritically claimed that the cylinders were dropped from the air by the Syrian government, killing civilians.

Since the cylinders appeared to be placed by hand, and the area was under the control of anti-government forces, Henderson’s findings lend credence to theories that the attack was staged to set up the Syrian president and prompt the US to attack.

Email from the Chief of Cabinet at the OPCW, demanding deletion of dissenting engineering assessment: “Please get this document out of DRA [Documents Registry Archive]… And please
remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever in DRA”

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 27, 2019

WikiLeaks also released minutes from a meeting on June 6, 2018 where members of OPCW met with “three Toxicologists/Clinical pharmacologists, one bioanalytical and toxicological chemist” who all specialize in chemical weapons.

The purposes of this meeting were “to solicit expert advice on the value of exhuming suspected victims of the alleged chemical attack in Douma on 7 April 2018” and “to elicit expert opinions from the forensic toxicologists regarding the observed and reported symptoms of the alleged victims.” They were particularly interested in “…whether the symptoms observed in victims were consistent with exposure to chlorine or other reactive chlorine gas.”

Minutes from an OPCW meeting with toxicologists specialized in chemical weapons: “the experts were conclusive in their statements that there was
no correlation between symptoms and chlorine exposure”.

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New WikiLeaks Bombshell: 20 Inspectors Dissent From Syria Chemical Attack Narrative


15-12-19 10:22:00,

Late Saturday WikiLeaks released more documents which contradict the US narrative on Assad’s use of chemical weapons, specifically related to the April 7, 2018 Douma incident, which resulted in a major US and allied tomahawk missile and air strike campaign on dozens of targets in Damascus.

The leaked documents, including internal emails of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) — which investigated the Douma site — reveal mass dissent within the UN-authorized chemical weapons watchdog organization’s ranks over conclusions previously reached by the international body which pointed to Syrian government culpability. It’s part of a growing avalanche of dissent memos and documents casting the West’s push for war in Syria in doubt (which had resulted in two major US and allied attacks on Syria).

This newly released batch, WikiLeaks reports, includes a memo stating 20 inspectors feel that the officially released version of the OPCW’s report on Douma “did not reflect the views of the team members that deployed to [Syria]”. This comes amid widespread allegations US officials brought immense pressure to bear on the organization. 

RELEASE: Third batch of documents showing doctoring of facts in released version of OPCW chemical weapons report on Syria. Including a memo stating 20 inspectors feel released version “did not reflect the views of the team members that deployed to [Syria]”

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 15, 2019

The Daily Mail’s Peter Hitchens, who saw the leaked documents just prior to WikiLeaks going public with them had this to say:

Sources stress that the scientists involved are ‘non-political, utterly uninterested in any strategic implications of what they reveal’.

They just ‘feel that the OPCW has a duty to be true to its own science, and not to be influenced by political considerations as they fear it has been’.

An internal memo seen by The Mail on Sunday suggests that as many 20 OPCW staff have expressed private doubts about the suppression of information or the manipulation of evidence.

This suppression of information included key evidence which undermined claims Syrian military helicopters dropped a gas cylinder from the air, which had long been the linchpin in Washington’s accusation that “Assad gassed his own people”

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WikiLeaks Exposes Doctored OPCW Report on Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria – Global Research


24-11-19 05:37:00,

On November 23, WikiLeaks accused the OPCW “of doctoring (its Douma, Syria) chemical weapons report.”

It published email information from an OPCW whistleblower, a member of its fact finding mission to Douma, expressing “his gravest concern over intentional bias introduced to a redacted version of the report he co-authored.”

More on this below.


The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) operates as a pro-Western imperial tool.

It serves US/NATO interests — polar opposite its mandated obligations “to achieve…a world…free of” chemical weapons.

The organization lost its legitimacy. It should be disbanded and replaced by independent chemical watchdog groups — beholden solely to upholding Chemical Weapons Convention provisions, free from external influence and control.

The OPCW’s so-called Fact Finding Mission (FFM) doctored its March 2019 report on the alleged April 7, 2018 Douma, Syria CW incident — that never happened, falsely saying the following:

“Regarding the alleged use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Douma (Syria)…evaluation and analysis…of information gathered by the FFM (delaying its visit to the site for 11 days) provide(s) reasonable grounds that the use of a toxic chemical as a weapon has taken place on April 7, 2018.”

“This toxic chemical contained reactive chlorine. The toxic chemical was likely molecular chlorine.”

The so-called incident was fake, a US/NATO-staged false flag, Syria wrongfully blamed for a victimless nonevent.

No one in Douma died, was hospitalized, or became ill from exposure to chemical or other toxins.

Local eyewitnesses and medical personal debunked the falsified narrative. Russian technical experts found no evidence of chemical or other toxins in soil samples and other analysis of the site.

Yet the OPCW FFM falsely claimed what didn’t happen. At the time, Russia slammed the “fabricated” account of the alleged incident.

Damascus said the OPCW’s report “d(id) not differ from the previous mission reports filled with distorted facts” — falsely blaming Syria for CW incidents staged by US-supported terrorists.

Throughout years of US-launched aggression in Syria, using ISIS and likeminded jihadists as imperial foot soldiers, supported by Pentagon-led terror-bombing since 2014 — not a shred of credible evidence ever suggested use of banned chemical or other toxins by Syrian Arab Republic forces against anyone.

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Attack on WikiLeaks Is an Attack on Independent Journalism – Global Research


31-10-19 01:30:00,

Nozomi Hayase, Ph.D, is a trained liberation psychologist and widely published journalist. She has authored the book “Wikileaks, the Global Fourth Estate: History Is Happening”. In an exclusive interview with Eresh Omar Jamal, Hayase talks about WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, and the most recent developments in Assange’s US extradition case currently happening in the UK.


Eresh Jamal: On October 21, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court in his fight against extradition to the US, where Judge Vanessa Baraitser denied Assange’s legal team’s request for a trial extension. Can you tell us about this move?

Nozomi Hayase: At the case management hearing, Assange’s lawyer Mark Summers requested a three-month delay of extradition hearing, and also asked for a preliminary hearing to hear arguments that the extradition request was prohibited, on the grounds that the prosecution and charges against him are politically motivated.

The extension request was made because Assange has been denied access to legal documents and computers in Belmarsh prison and has not been able to adequately prepare for his defense. Also, evidence has emerged indicating that the CIA ordered a Spanish security firm to conduct surveillance inside the Ecuadorian Embassy while Assange was living there. They have spied on the women’s bathroom, and also privileged conversation between Assange and his lawyers. Now, a Spanish Court has initiated a case and it requires more time for his defence team to incorporate the evidence in their argument.

The judge denied this routine extension request because she was just doing what was expected of her to be doing, which is to serve the interests of the US government. By looking at Assange’s case, I think by now, many people can clearly see how the British court system has lost its independence.

Her move is only shocking to those who still believe the legal system has something to do with justice. The UK judicial system has proven to have become an instrument used for political means. Assange’s case really exposes the truth that the US empire rules the world. This superpower can expand its judicial authority to bring charges against anyone it dislikes and physically capture and possibly even put someone to death. This is carried out under the guise of legal process,

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Präzedenzfall WikiLeaks


01-07-19 09:37:00,

Screenshot von RT-Video von der Festnahme.

Der UN-Sonderberichterstatter Nils Melzer hat seine Position zum Fall Assange noch einmal klar gestellt – doch keine Zeitung wollte den Beitrag drucken

Der Sonderberichterstatter des Hochkommissariats für Menschenrechte bei den Vereinten Nationen, der Schweizer Nils Melzer, der zusammen mit zwei medizinischen Experten Julian Assange im Gefängnis besuchen konnte, hatte in seinem Gutachten am 31. Mai 2019 von der massiven “psychologischen Folter” gesprochen, der Assange seit Jahren ausgesetzt werde und ein sofortiges Ende der “kollektiven Verfolgung” des Wikileaks-Gründers gefordert. “In 20 Jahren Arbeit mit Opfern von Krieg, Gewalt und politischer Verfolgung”, so Nils Melzer, “habe ich noch nie erlebt, dass sich eine Gruppe demokratischer Staaten zusammenschließt, um ein einzelnes Individuum so lange Zeit und unter so geringer Berücksichtigung der Menschenwürde und der Rechtsstaatlichkeit bewusst zu isolieren, zu verteufeln und zu missbrauchen”.

Klarer und deutlicher als in dem Statement des UN-Folterexperten kann man kaum benennen, welchem menschenunwürdigen Unrecht Julian Assange seit Jahren ausgesetzt ist, doch abgesehen von einigen alternativen Medien erregten diese Anklagen kein größeres Aufsehen. Sie verschwanden sofort wieder aus den Nachrichten und der britische Außenminister Jeremy Hunt verbat sich die “hetzerischen Anschuldigungen” des UN-Berichterstatters.

Zur Klarstellung seiner Position und seiner Argumente hatte Nils Melzer dann im Juni einen Artikel verfasst und ihn dem Guardian, der Times, der Financial Times, dem Sydney Morning Herald, dem Australian, der Canberra Times, dem Telegraph, der New York Times, der Washington Post, der Thomson Reuters Foundation und Newsweek zur Veröffentlichung angeboten. Keine dieser Zeitungen wollte ihn veröffentlichen und er erschien dann online auf (Demasking the Torture of Julian Assange).

Leider zu spät für das kleine Buch, das ich über diesen Fall gerade geschrieben hatte und das eine Woche zuvor in den Druck gegangen war (“Don’t Kill The Messenger-Freiheit für Julian Assange!”, Westendverlag), deshalb hier einige Auszüge:

Sie denken vielleicht, dass ich mich getäuscht habe. Wie könnte das Leben in einer Botschaft mit einer Katze und einem Skateboard jemals einer Folter gleichkommen? Das ist genau das, was ich auch dachte, als Assange zum ersten Mal um Schutz an unser Büro appellierte. Wie die meisten Bürger war ich unbewusst durch die unerbittliche Hetze vergiftet, die im Laufe der Jahre verbreitet worden ist.

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Wikileaks: de ‘sex-files’.. Julian Assange in de val.


22-05-19 08:54:00,

The Wikileaks sex files:


Hoe twee ‘one-night stands’ een wereldwijde jacht
op Julian Assange initieerden..!


By Richard Pendlebury © Daily Mail December 07, 2010
© Nederlandse vertaling Guido Jonkers –


Het is een koude wintermorgen in de bossen van Scandinavië en de kerkklok van een kerkje draagt zijn geluid ver over het sneeuwlandschap van het stadje Enkoping.  Luidt deze bel ook voor de oprichter van de internetsite Wikileaks, Julian Assange?

Vandaag is dit kleine industrie-stadje, 60 kilometer ten Weste van Stockholm, bekend geworden als het geboorteplaatsje van deze ‘variabele snelbinder’..
Maar als de uitleveringsverzoeken aan de Britse regering succesvol blijken, dan zou dit plaatsje –vroeg of laat- weleens de gevierde plek kunnen worden, in ieder geval voor de VS.., waar Mr. Assange zijn catastrofale fout maakte..

Hier op de eerste verdieping, van een bouwvallig appartementencomplex, sliep de mastermind achter de onthulling van 250.000 geclassificeerde Amerikaanse e-mails, met een vrouwelijke fan, die hij zojuist had ontmoet bij een seminar. Volgend op deze ‘one-night-stand’, diende zij een klacht in bij de politie. De consequentie van haar aangifte was dat Assange, zich ná die tijd schuilhoudend in Groot Brittanië, een gerechtelijke vervolging en een mogelijke gevangenisstraf boven het hoofd hing.

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Na het –door Interpol afgegeven- arrestatiebevel, gaf Julian Assange zich aan bij Scotland Yard. De politie in Stockholm wil hem nu verhoren voor de mogelijke ‘verkrachting’ van een vrouw en ook in een andere zaak, waarin een andere vrouwelijk Zweedse ‘bewonderaar’ een concurrerende flirtpartij met Assange was aangegaan.

Veel Zweden geloven dat 39-jarige, in Australië geboren Assange, het slachtoffer is geworden van een –door de Amerikaanse geraffineerd opgezette- vuile truc.. Zij gaan ervan uit dat het hele verhaal een zg. ‘sexfalla’ is.. Dit is vrij uit het Zweeds te vertalen als een honingvalletje. Eén ding is in ieder geval duidelijk.. de Zweedse verkrachtingswetten staan centraal in dit verhaal..

Wanneer we een aantal feiten op een rij zetten, inclusief een aantal uitgelekte politieverklaringen, dan kunnen we beginnen om de puzzelstukjes van deze ‘verkrachtingszaak’ in elkaar te leggen. Een puzzel die er toe geleid heeft,

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WikiLeaks Cites Evidence US Seeking Capital Offense Case Against Assange


28-04-19 08:03:00,

A letter sent by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to a former WikiLeaks staff member reveals US officials are attempting to put together a case against Julian Assange based on the Espionage Act. 

Crucially, conviction under the 1917 law geared toward protecting the nation’s military secrets and most sensitive security matters could result in life in prison or even the death penalty for Assange.

Julian Assange and former WikiLeaks top spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg 

The DOJ letter addressed to former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg for the intent of requesting an interview outlined “possible violations of United States federal criminal law regarding the unauthorized receipt and dissemination of classified information,” according to a translation from the German, later published to WikiLeaks’ official social media.

The German language site which first posted Domscheit-Berg’s DOJ letter observed that:

This accusation can be charged under the Espionage Act of 1917, a World War I era federal law intended to protect military secrets which has also been used to charge Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden. Convictions under the Espionage Act can be punished by death.

US Department of Justice is attempting to build a case against Julian Assange based on the Espionage Act. Convictions under the Espionage Act can be punished by death.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 26, 2019

It was further noted that under British law a suspect can’t be extradited if it’s known the person could be tried under a death penalty case:

The death penalty is not only inhumane and archaic, it has legal consequences: The United Kingdom is not allowed to extradite Assange if he faces the death penalty.

However, UK authorities have previously claimed to have received assurances from Washington that Assange’s US extradition request is not for a capital offense. 

WikiLeaks has offered the new DOJ letter as proof that neither the US courts nor the mere “assurances” of US officials are trustworthy. Especially not when Assange’s life is hanging in the balance. 

A federal grand jury in Virginia issued an indictment against Assange on March 6 which appears to be limited to going after Assange for a computer hacking conspiracy with Manning,

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WikiLeaks: The US is indeed investigating Assange for publishing secret information, DOJ letter suggests


25-04-19 08:22:00,

This is a translation of the original German reporting and document.

Right after the London police carried Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy, the United States demanded his extradition. A March 2018 indictment charges him with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison. But that is not the entire truth.

Only one day after writing the indictment, the US Attorney’s Office admitted to also investigate Assange for the „unauthorized receipt and dissemination of secret information“. That is what the Department of Justice wrote in a letter to former WikiLeaks spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg, which we are publishing in full.

This accusation can be charged under the Espionage Act of 1917, a federal law intended to protect military secrets since World War I which has also been used to charge Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden. Convictions under the Espionage Act can be punished by death. The death penalty is not only inhumane and archaic, it has legal consequences: The United Kingdom is not allowed to extradite Assange if he faces the death penalty.

Charging Assange for publishing classified information is an attack on press freedom, „obtaining and disseminating secret information“ is the very task of journalism. If WikiLeaks is charged, every jurnalist and media outlet publishing secret information will be on trial. While the Obama administration debated this dangerous precedent, the Trump government shows no restraints.

From password cracking to espionage and treason

Investigations against WikiLeaks have been running since at least their 2010 publications of the „Collateral Murder“ video and the war diaries from Afghanistan and Iraq. After they published the diplomatic cables in 2011, the Department of Justice lead their own investigations.

Chelsea Manning was arrested in May 2010 and sentenced in 2013. The accusation now made against Assange was already addressed during Manning’s trial: a chat about attempting to crack a password. Obama finally commuted her remaining prison time, but the Trump administration intensified the persecution of WikiLeaks.

In Virginia, a federal grand jury is secretly investigating Assange and WikiLeaks.

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Holy Week And WikiLeaks


22-04-19 09:57:00,

Authored by Hugh O’Neill via,

“There is nothing new under the sun” – Ecclesiastes

I was sent a humourous Birthday card, depicting Jesus holding his mobile phone; his thought bubble reads: “Twelve followers so far. Sweet!”. As a Catholic, one often thinks of historical parallels and what insights into the Human Condition can be gleaned from old stories – looking for parables? It is Holy Week this week, a rapid 7 days in which Christ goes from the celebrity status of Palm Sunday, through to the Last Supper, Agony in the Garden in which he pleads for this chalice to pass his lips, betrayal by Judas, arraigned before the religious courts, and then delivered to the Romans for their judgement.

When Pilate can find no guilt, the crowds are influenced by temple agents to demand his crucifixion. Christ is duly tormented, humiliated and put to very public and agonising death on the cross, but with his last words, he pleads for his tormentors: “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”. Meanwhile his followers go into hiding, terrified that they will be next.

But what has this story got to do with us now? Although the cartoon depiction of Jesus doesn’t look much like Julian Assange, it provoked a thought exercise: imagine being witness to those events 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem. There is something biblical about fleeing into exile for 7 years.

One overarching parallel is the dominance of the Roman Empire akin to that of the American influence and the craven subjugation of the British Establishment – and other territories under Roman/American Rule. Many supporters of Assange have already labelled Lenin Moreno as Judas having sold his soul for 30 pieces of silver. (Note to Moreno: it didn’t end well for Judas).

Imagine how the tabloids and MSM would treat Jesus today: “He mixes with lepers and is probably leprous himself”; “What about that long-haired Mary Magdalene who seems overly attentive to his needs?” “His hair looks like he just spent 40 days in the wilderness”. Meanwhile, the alternative media has become the voice in the wilderness, unsettling Herod’s peace of mind.

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The Deep State vs. WikiLeaks | The Vineyard of the Saker


19-04-19 07:47:00,

The Made by FBI indictment of Julian Assange does look like a dead man walking. No evidence. No documents. No surefire testimony. Just a crossfire of conditionals.

But never underestimate the legalese contortionism of US government (USG) functionaries. As much as Assange may not be characterized as a journalist and publisher, the thrust of the affidavit is to accuse him of conspiring to commit espionage.

In fact the charge is not even that Assange hacked a USG computer and obtained classified information; it’s that he may have discussed it with Chelsea Manning and may have had the intention to go for a hack. Orwellian-style thought crime charges don’t get any better than that. Now the only thing missing is an AI software to detect them.

Assange legal adviser Geoffrey Robertson – who also happens to represent another stellar political prisoner, Brazil’s Lula – cut straight to the chase (at 19:22 minutes); “The justice he is facing is justice, or injustice, in America… I would hope the British judges would have enough belief in freedom of information to throw out the extradition request.”

That’s far from a done deal. Thus the inevitable consequence; Assange’s legal team is getting ready to prove, no holds barred, in a British court, that this USG indictment for conspiracy to commit computer hacking is just an hors d’oeuvre for subsequent espionage charges, in case Assange is extradited to US soil.

All about Vault 7

John Pilger, among few others, has already stressed how a plan to destroy WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was laid out as far back as 2008 – at the tail end of the Cheney regime – concocted by the Pentagon’s shady Cyber Counter-Intelligence Assessments Branch.

It was all about criminalizing WikiLeaks and personally smearing Assange, using “shock troops…enlisted in the media — those who are meant to keep the record straight and tell us the truth.”

This plan remains more than active – considering how Assange’s arrest has been covered by the bulk of US/UK mainstream media.

By 2012, already in the Obama era, WikiLeaks detailed the astonishing “scale of the US Grand Jury Investigation” of itself. The USG always denied such a grand jury existed.

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WikiLeaks: Iraqi Children in U.S. Raid Shot in Head, U.N. Says – Global Research


19-04-19 04:26:00,

A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi.

The unclassified cable, which was posted on WikiLeaks’ website last week, contained questions from a United Nations investigator about the incident, which had angered local Iraqi officials, who demanded some kind of action from their government. U.S. officials denied at the time that anything inappropriate had occurred.

But Philip Alston, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said in a communication to American officials dated 12 days after the March 15, 2006, incident that autopsies performed in the Iraqi city of Tikrit showed that all the dead had been handcuffed and shot in the head. Among the dead were four women and five children. The children were all 5 years old or younger.

Reached by email Wednesday, Alston said that as of 2010 — the most recent data he had — U.S. officials hadn’t responded to his request for information and that Iraq’s government also hadn’t been forthcoming. He said the lack of response from the United States “was the case with most of the letters to the U.S. in the 2006-2007 period,” when fighting in Iraq peaked.

Read the entire article here

Featured image: This cell phone photo was shot by a resident of Ishaqi on March 15, 2006, of bodies Iraqi police said were of children executed by U.S. troops after a night raid there. Here, the bodies of the five children are wrapped in blankets and laid in a pickup bed to be taken for burial. A State Department cable obtained by WikiLeaks quotes the U.N. investigator of extrajudicial killings as saying an autopsy showed the residents of the house had been handcuffed and shot in the head, including children under the age of 5. McClatchy obtained the photo from a resident when the incident occurred.

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WikiLeaks enthüllt Geldwäscheverdacht auf Angela Merkel – Stimmt das?


19-04-19 06:58:00,

Julian Assange hat nach seiner Festnahme eine Lawine losgetreten und jetzt WikiLeaks-Daten veröffentlicht, die dazu führen, dass Angela Merkel in einen Geldwäscheverdacht gerät. Das ist ein extrem brisanter Vorgang – die Frage ist, was daran echt ist.

Unter den tausenden PDF Dokumenten ist eine angebliche Email von der Schweizer Bank Julius Bär an die deutsche Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel und ihren Ehemann zu finden die, vorausgesetzt sie wäre echt, auf Geldwäsche in großem Umfang hindeuten würde.

Die Schweizer Morgenpost meldet, WikiLeaks habe als „Quittung” für die Verhaftung Julian Assanges quasi ihre Munitionslager in die Öffentlichkeit entleert und allerlei brisantes Zeug veröffentlicht, das angeblich geeignet sein soll, Politiker und Regierungen zu stürzen.

Darunter Angela Merkel.

Sie publizieren einen – angeblichen – Brief der Bank Julius Bär von 2007 an „Angela Merkel”, in dem ihr in – wie ich finde, unbankerischem – Tonfall mitgeteilt wird, dass man ihre Konten schließe, weil man sich nicht daran beteiligen wolle, deutsche Politiker aus „offshore accounts” zu finanzieren.

Die letzten Zahlungen über 1.200.000 US-Dollar seien sogar auf ein Nummernkonto der Credit Suisse erfolgt, seien nicht plausibel und somit verdächtig, wären deshalb an die Behörden gemeldet worden. Sie werde gebeten, ihren „Trust” und den ihres Ehegatten zu schließen, wobei mir nicht ganz klar ist, was Trust hier meint, das kann Stiftung, Treuhand, Investmentgesellschaft heißen, also verschiedene Rechtsformen von „verwaltetem Haufen Geld”.

Das Problem daran: So einen Wisch zu fälschen ist trivial. Und ich finde den Tonfall irgendwie seltsam. So würden sich Banker meines Erachtens entweder gar nicht oder nur, wenn sie schon verärgert sind und/oder Ärger mit Behörden fürchten, ausdrücken. Die Frage ist also, ob das Ding echt ist.

Das zweite Problem daran: Es ist zu wenig konkret. Theoretisch könnte Angela Merkel Millionärin sein und mit ihrem Geld machen, was sie will, solange die Einkünfte ordentlich versteuert sind. Was mir nicht ganz klar ist, ob sie dann selbst als Parteispenderin angegeben werden müsste, wenn sie „Politiker finanziert”.

Beachtlich ist auch der Zeitpunkt 2007, zumal das Ding ja eine Vorgeschichte haben muss, weil Merkel im November 2005 Kanzlerin wurde. Und dann schon im November 2007 so ein Schreiben?

Im Gegensatz zum Großverdiener Merz wäre mir jetzt bei Merkel auch nicht bekannt,

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6 of WikiLeaks’ biggest ever document dumps


16-04-19 09:32:00,

Despite facing constant skepticism from mainstream media and government officials, whistleblower website WikiLeaks has managed to maintain a record of 100 percent accuracy over its 12-year history — and has never lost a lawsuit.

With much of the media now focusing on trivialities, like whether its recently arrested founder Julian Assange spent enough time washing dishes during his nearly seven-year exile at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, here’s a look back at some of WikiLeaks’ most famous document dumps.

1. ‘Collateral Murder’ — Iraq/Afghanistan war logs (2010)

To this day, WikiLeaks’ publishing of the Iraq War footage showing a US Apache helicopter shooting dead 12 people, including two Reuters staff, is one of its most significant and talked-about exposures.

Released as part of the biggest leak in US military history, containing hundreds of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan war documents, the footage was provided to Assange by former US Army Soldier Chelsea Manning. Manning served seven years of a 35-year sentence for providing WikiLeaks with the classified information, before having her sentence commuted by Barack Obama in 2017.

Assange is now facing charges of engaging in a “conspiracy” to help Manning hack government computers in 2010 — specifically, “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S. government computer” — while Manning is back in prison for refusing to testify in a case related to WikiLeaks.

2. Embarrassing US State Department Cables (2010-11)

WikiLeaks caused serious embarrassment to the US government with another of its most-remembered document dumps in 2010, dropping more than 250,000 US State Department cables from embassies around the world.

Among other things, the cables revealed that the US was spying on then-UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other top UN Security Council representatives.

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Diplomatic cables described German Chancellor Angela Merkel as “rarely creative,” while then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy was described as “susceptible and authoritarian.” President Barack Obama was advised that Sarkozy’s support for the war in Afghanistan could be secured using “flattery.” Canadians were said to have a “chip on their shoulder” because they are “condemned to always play Robin to the US Batman.”

The UK Conservative Party was also embarrassed by the cable leaks,

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Wikileaks: Der investigative Journalismus sitzt auf der Anklagebank


16-04-19 01:45:00,

Es geht um mehr als Assange, schrieb zuletzt Judith Horchert beim Spiegel. Und genau das trifft den Punkt. Die Person Assange verstellt den Blick darauf, dass nicht nur der exzentrische Australier, sondern der investigative Journalismus und damit die Presse als Ganzes mit auf der Anklagebank sitzt.

Die Anklage gegen Assange beruht derzeit einzig und alleine auf „Verschwörung zur Attacke auf Regierungscomputer“. Sie ist geeignet die Diskussion um die Pressefreiheit in Teilen zu umschiffen, weil das Hacken von Computern nicht von der Pressefreiheit gedeckt wäre. Konkret wird Assange beschuldigt, Chelsea Manning dabei geholfen zu haben, ein Passwort eines Computernetzes der Regierung zu knacken. Die US-Regierung weiß aber nicht, ob das überhaupt erfolgreich war.

Der Chaos Computer Club zeigte sich in einer Pressemitteilung besorgt: „Die drei jüngsten Festnahmen von prominenten Aktivisten aus der Whistleblower-Szene, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange und Ola Bini, stellen einen frontalen Angriff auf die Pressefreiheit dar. Der Chaos Computer Club (CCC) ruft zur Unterstützung auf.“ Der CCC verurteile diese Angriffe auf Journalisten, Whistleblower und deren Unterstützer scharf. Es handele sich um schockierende und koordinierte Verletzungen von Menschenrechten und Pressefreiheit, heißt es weiter.

Reporter ohne Grenzen forderte Großbritannien auf, Assange nicht an die USA auszuliefern: „Großbritannien sollte in Einklang mit seinen Gesetzen und internationalen Menschenrechtsverpflichtungen handeln und Assange nicht wegen seiner Journalismus-ähnlichen Aktivitäten an die USA ausliefern.“

Das Committee to Protect Journalists sieht in dem jetzigen Anklagepunkt aus den USA ebenfalls eine Gefahr für die Pressefreiheit:

„Die möglichen Auswirkungen der Anschuldigung einer Verschwörung zwischen Journalist und Quelle auf die Pressefreiheit sind äußerst besorgniserregend“, sagte Robert Mahoney, stellvertretender Direktor des Committee to Protect Journalists. „Mit dieser Verfolgung von Julian Assange könnte die US-Regierung eine rechtliche Argumentation dazu etablieren, wie Journalisten Informationen einholen oder mit Quellen interagieren sollten, die abschreckende Folgen für die investigative Berichterstattung und die Veröffentlichung von Informationen von öffentlichem Interesse haben könnten.“

Unbenommen davon, ob sich Assange also des Hackens eines Passwortes schuldig gemacht hat, kann die Anklage, die auf die Interaktion von Quelle und Journalist zielt, eine einschüchternde Wirkung entfalten und die zukünftige Zusammenarbeit von Informanten und Presse erschweren.

Angriff auf die Pressefreiheit

Und nicht nur das: In den bisherigen Ermittlungen gegen Wikileaks war beispielsweise in einem Brief der US-Staatsanwältin Tracy Doherty-McCormick vom 7.

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WikiLeaks’ Publication of the Collateral Murder Video, Afghanistan and Iraq Docs, US Diplomatic Cables: Why Assange’s Extradition Must be Opposed at All Cost – Global Research


16-04-19 01:40:00,

On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by the UK police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted political asylum in 2012. This termination of asylum by Ecuador in violation of international law came a week after WikiLeaks warned the public it had received information from two high level Ecuadorian government sources about a US-backed plan for the Ecuadorian government to expel Assange from its embassy.

Assange’s lawyer confirmed he had been arrested under a US extradition warrant for conspiracy to publish classified information with whistleblower Chelsea Manning revealing government war crimes in 2010. Specifically, this relates to WikiLeaks’ publication of the Collateral Murder video, documents concerning the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the US Diplomatic Cables.

In making a statement outside Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London, the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks Kristinn Hrafnsson told reporters that Assange’s arrest marks a “dark day for journalism”. This prosecution of Assange is recognised by experts on free speech rights as an attack on freedom of the media everywhere.

James Goodale, First Amendment lawyer and former general counsel of The New York Times, said this about the US government’s efforts to charge a journalist who is not American and did not publish in the US, possibly with espionage:

“If the prosecution of Julian Assange succeeds, investigative reporting based on classified information will be given a near death blow.”

David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression stated that

“prosecuting Assange would be dangerously problematic from the perspective of press freedom.”

Responding to this latest development on the WikiLeaks founder, American Civil Liberties Union commented,

“any prosecution by the United States of Mr Assange for WikiLeaks’ publishing operations would be unprecedented and unconstitutional, and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organisations.”

Freedom of Press Foundation also issued a statement, alerting that the charge against Assange is a serious threat to press freedom” and noted that it “should be vigorously protested by all those who care about the First Amendment.”

Just a day before his arrest, WikiLeaks held a press conference with the attorney representing Assange. They exposed the Ecuadorian government’s spying operation against Assange,

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WikiLeaks ‘dead man’s switch’? Assange’s arrest prompts speculation on possible major data dumps


14-04-19 06:22:00,

The arrest of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has re-ignited speculation about the so-called “insurance” – large encrypted files uploaded by the website. What they are and when they will be opened is still unknown.

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Assange’s seven-year exile ended on Thursday, when the Metropolitan Police dragged the publisher out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. While his fate is in limbo, even more uncertainty surrounds the WikiLeaks “insurance” files – believed by some to be the website’s “dead man’s switch” option: a massive encrypted data dump whose decryption keys will be revealed in case Assange gets arrested or killed, or WikiLeaks gets taken down for good.

Now that Assange is in custody, speculation has swirled that the keys are about to be made public – but nothing has happened so far.

I don’t know… But I do know Assange said in both interviews with Hannity. That if he was arrested people would immediately release certain emails and documents that he had a “kill switch” for. So far nothing.

— MarkSox1313 (@sox1313) April 11, 2019

The very first file of this type appeared back in July 2010 on the Afghan War Diary page. The encrypted file is strikingly large – larger than all the previous entries of the diary combined.

“If anything happens to Assange or the website, a key will go out to unlock the files. There would then be no way to stop the information from spreading like wildfire because so many people already have copies,” CBS correspondent Declan McCullagh said back then.

READ MORE: Ecuadorian police mistook Swedish tech geek ‘linked to Assange’ for Russian – lawyers

Since 2010, WikiLeaks dropped a whole batch of similar “insurance” files – and none of them have been cracked open. In 2010, there was speculation that one of the files was unlocked, but WikiLeaks said the rumors were not true. 

The emergence of certain “insurance” files have preceded major data dumps by WikiLeaks, which means they may have contained full information of the upcoming release – just in case.

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If we lose WikiLeaks, we lose a whole stratum of freedom — Pilger


13-04-19 04:10:00,

The US attempt to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a spiteful assault on civil freedoms conducted by an ailing superpower that is struggling to preserve its dominance, UK-based journalist John Pilger told RT.

One should not mistake what is happening to Assange for anything but the persecution of a man, who embarrassed the US by exposing to the public Washington’s brutality in the Middle East, award-winning British journalist John Pilger told RT’s Going Underground program.

“The United States has aroused the ire because what we are in the midst of is the world’s greatest superpower struggling to maintain its dominance. Its information dominance, its technological dominance, its cultural dominance. And WikiLeaks has presented an extreme hurdle to this,” he argued.

If we lose the Assanges – and there aren’t many of them, a handful maybe and certainly no one like him – if we lose the WikiLeaks, then we lose a whole stratum of freedom. We stop questioning.

Assange was arrested by the British authorities on Thursday after Ecuador revoked his political asylum and allowed the police to drag him out of the embassy in London. The US accuses the publisher of conspiring with WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning in her leaking of classified materials related to US military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

WikiLeaks publications based on the Manning leak, especially the so-called “collateral murder” video, dealt a massive blow to US attempts to cover up the “homicidal nature of its colonial wars,” Pilger said.

“Anybody watching that video really has to read very little else of the WikiLeaks revelations about the nature of the American wars, because there it is. There is some kind of consensual belief – I’m trying to figure for a polite term for ‘brainwashing,’ frankly – that we don’t do these kinds of things, we perpetually benign,” he explained.

On ‘our’ side, these things simply do not happen… They are only done by totalitarian states, the rogue states. In fact clearly the biggest rogue state of all is the United States.

Pilger says the attack on WikiLeaks is emblematic for the current state or journalism in the West, which has betrayed its mandate to be the public’s watchdog for the actions of their governments.

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WikiLeaks: Assange Verhaftung und Trumps Äußerung |

12-04-19 07:48:00,

Präsident Donald Trump sagte am Donnerstag: “Ich weiß nichts über WikiLeaks” – aber im Oktober 2016 schlug er einen ganz anderen Ton an.

“Oh, wir lieben WikiLeaks”, sagte er auf einer Wahlkampfveranstaltung in North Carolina, nachdem die Website zahlreiche Dokumente gehackter E-Mails der Demokraten veröffentlichte, die Hillary Clintons Kampagne in ein schlechtes Licht rückten.

Trump hatte in den Jahren eine sich immer wieder verändernde Meinung zu WikiLeaks und seinen Gründer Julian Assange – von Lob bis Verteufelung, je nachdem, welche Position ihm zu diesem Zeitpunkt passte.

Donnerstag machte hiervon keine Ausnahme, nachdem Assange von der britischen Polizei als Reaktion auf eine Auslieferungsaufforderung der USA verhaftet worden war. Die Anklage lautete, der WikiLeaks-Gründer habe 2010 geholfen, klassifiziertes Material auf Computern der US-Regierung zu hacken.

Als er von Reportern nach seiner Reaktion gefragt wurde, sagte Trump, er sei ahnungslos über die umstrittene Gruppe. “Ich weiß nichts über WikiLeaks. Es ist nicht meine Sache”, sagte Trump im Oval Office. “Ich weiß, es hat etwas mit Julian Assange zu tun.”

(President Donald Trump on Thursday claimed, “I know nothing about WikiLeaks” — but in October 2016, he struck a very different tone.

“Oh, we love WikiLeaks,” he said at a rally in North Carolina, after the site posted reams of hacked Democratic emails that cast a poor light on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Trump for years has swung wildly from offering praise for WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange to blasting them, depending on which position suited him at the time.

Thursday was no different, after Assange was arrested by British police in response to a U.S. extradition request on charges that the WikiLeaks founder aided efforts to hack classified material on U.S. government computers in 2010.

When asked by reporters for his reaction, Trump said he was clueless about the controversial group. “I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “I know there is something having to do with Julian Assange.”)

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WikiLeaks supporter rumbled undercover cops ahead of Assange arrest (VIDEOS)


11-04-19 08:55:00,

As UK police were waiting for the go-ahead to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, undercover officers loitering around the Ecuadorian embassy were not doing a very good job evading attention.

Supporters of Assange gathered near the embassy in London in the days prior to his arrest after WikiLeaks, citing a source in Ecuador’s government, said on Twitter that they were expecting Assange to be expelled from the building imminently.

The supporters began to notice some peculiar activity and some of the faces hanging around the area became familiar. So familiar in fact that they were able to recognize them when they popped up in footage of the 47-year-old’s arrest on Thursday.

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Speaking to RT, journalist Cassandra Fairbanks recounted the peculiar activity she saw while staking out the stakeout.

Fairbanks witnessed a silver car sitting outside the embassy for 20 hours. The car was continuously manned by shifts of people that rotated approximately every six hours. At one point Fairbanks approached the people sitting in the car but her questions were met only with covered faces and silence.

Walk up to one of the “undercover” cars staking out the Ecuadorian embassy in London. This particular car has seen three shifts of different pairs of people over the last twenty hours. Engines running, lights on. Watcher makes call under head cover.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 9, 2019

Fairbanks also told RT about two men they confronted who declined to say whether they were law enforcement officers and even denied knowing what WikiLeaks was. The men were then seen front and center when Assange was carried out of the embassy on Thursday.

This is one of the guys who was arresting Julian. So many people tried to tell me I was crazy and that they weren’t cops.

— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) April 11, 2019

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden shared Fairbanks’ footage on Twitter while raising questions about the arrest operation.

For the folks reflexively saying “there weren’t any secret police!”,

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WikiLeaks supporters mobilize to prevent Ecuador from expelling Assange from UK embassy


05-04-19 09:22:00,

Supporters of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange are making their voices heard, despite the institutions united to silence them, after reports that the WikiLeaks founder will be expelled from the Ecuadorean embassy in “hours to days.”

A live feed of the front of the Ecuadorean embassy in London shows several tents pitched around the entrance as supporters stand vigil for the besieged journalist, who has become little more than a prisoner in the embassy in which he sought political asylum seven years ago. “NO EXPULSION” is spelled out in LED lights on the sidewalk in front of the embassy, while numerous cameras are positioned across the street.

WikiLeaks tipped the public off to Assange’s pending expulsion – within “hours to days,” according to a high-level Ecuadorean source – on Thursday, confirming that the Ecuadorean government would use the release of the INA Papers, which implicate President Lenin Moreno and his family in extensive corruption, as a pretext for revoking his asylum.

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While WikiLeaks did not publish the documents, Moreno has blamed the outlet – and Assange – for his flagging support at home, complaining to anyone who will listen that the journalist has “violated” his asylum agreement.

BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within “hours to days” using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext–and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 4, 2019

A second Ecuadorean government source has since confirmed the original report. Assange was granted Ecuadorean citizenship in January 2018 and, while it is assumed that after being arrested by UK authorities –for jumping bail on charges which have since been withdrawn– he would be extradited to the US, where an indictment with his name on it was accidentally exposed last year, the Ecuadorean constitution would seem to stand in the way, as one astute commenter pointed out.

Prominent supporters flocked to Twitter to post their support and urge Londoners to stand watch over the embassy.

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WikiLeaks Veteran Flips On Assange For Immunity: “You Know… I’m Not In An Embassy”


02-03-19 07:19:00,

A WikiLeaks volunteer and friend of Chelsea Manning agreed to cooperate with the US Justice Department and appear in front of an Alexandria, VA grand jury in exchange for immunity, reports the Daily Beast

“I decided to cooperate in exchange for immunity,” said David House – a computer science graduate and political activist who previously refused to testify against Julian Assange in 2011, only to be subpoenaed last May for an encore appearance in front of a grand jury that’s been investigating the WikiLeaks founder for almost nine years.

“You know, I’m walking around on the street out here. I’m not in an embassy,” he added. 

House spoke briefly with prosecutors and then testified for about 90 minutes in front of the grand jury, he said. “They wanted to know about my meetings with Assange, they wanted to know broadly about what we talked about,” he recalled. Prosecutors seemed particularly interested in the potential for collateral damage in some of Assange’s leaks. The identities of some American collaborators were exposed in Assange’s release of State Department cables and Army field reports from Afghanistan, which triggered internal debate and led to the departure of some of WikiLeaks’ key staffers early on. –Daily Beast

“They showed me chat logs in which I was arguing vehemently with him about releasing documents that would leave people vulnerable and put people’s lives at risk,” said House. “That was the only thing they put in front of my face that made me think, ‘This may be what they’re going after him for.’” 

Chelsea Manning, meanwhile has refused to comply with a March 5 subpoena in the same case – making good on a vow to fight the subpoena in court. 

“I am not going to contribute to a process that I feel is dangerous and could potentially place me in a position where I am forced to backtrack on the truth,” Manning told the New York Times

She made good on that vow Friday morning by filing a motion to quash the subpoena, according to her attorney, New York lawyer Moira Meltzer-Cohen. “At the insistence of the clerk,

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WikiLeaks Reveals US Military Use of IMF, World Bank as “Unconventional” Weapons | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


22-02-19 08:53:00,

By Whitney Webb

(MPN) — In a leaked military manual on “unconventional warfare” recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, the U.S. Army states that major global financial institutions — such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — are used as unconventional, financial “weapons in times of conflict up to and including large-scale general war,” as well as in leveraging “the policies and cooperation of state governments.”

The document, officially titled “Field Manual (FM) 3-05.130, Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare” and originally written in September 2008, was recently highlighted by WikiLeaks on Twitter in light of recent events in Venezuela as well as the years-long, U.S.-led economic siege of that country through sanctions and other means of economic warfare. Though the document has generated new interest in recent days, it had originally been released by WikiLeaks in December 2008 and has been described as the military’s “regime change handbook.”

WikiLeaks’ recent tweets on the subject drew attention to a single section of the 248-page-long document, titled “Financial Instrument of U.S. National Power and Unconventional Warfare.” This section in particular notes that the U.S. government applies “unilateral and indirect financial power through persuasive influence to international and domestic financial institutions regarding availability and terms of loans, grants, or other financial assistance to foreign state and nonstate actors,” and specifically names the World Bank, IMF and The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as well as the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), as “U.S. diplomatic-financial venues to accomplish” such goals.


The manual also touts the “state manipulation of tax and interest rates” along with other “legal and bureaucratic measures” to “open, modify or close financial flows” and further states that the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – which oversees U.S. sanctions on other nations, like Venezuela — “has a long history of conducting economic warfare valuable to any ARSOF [Army Special Operations Forces] UW [Unconventional Warfare] campaign.”

This section of the manual goes on to note that these financial weapons can be used by the U.S. military to create “financial incentives or disincentives to persuade adversaries, allies and surrogates to modify their behavior at the theater strategic,

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Leaked Wikileaks Doc Reveals US Military Use of IMF, World Bank as “Unconventional” Weapons


08-02-19 01:26:00,

Leaked Wikileaks Doc Reveals US Military Use of IMF, World Bank as “Unconventional” Weapons

This “U.S. coup manual,” recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, serves as a reminder that the so-called “independence” of such financial institutions as The World Bank and IMF is an illusion and that they are among the many “financial weapons” regularly used by the U.S. government to bend countries to its will.

Whitney WEBB

 In a leaked military manual on “unconventional warfare” recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, the U.S. Army states that major global financial institutions — such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — are used as unconventional, financial “weapons in times of conflict up to and including large-scale general war,” as well as in leveraging “the policies and cooperation of state governments.”

The document, officially titled “Field Manual (FM) 3-05.130, Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare” and originally written in September 2008, was recently highlighted by WikiLeaks on Twitter in light of recent events in Venezuela as well as the years-long, U.S.-led economic siege of that country through sanctions and other means of economic warfare. Though the document has generated new interest in recent days, it had originally been released by WikiLeaks in December 2008 and has been described as the military’s “regime change handbook.”

The manual also touts the “state manipulation of tax and interest rates” along with other “legal and bureaucratic measures” to “open, modify or close financial flows” and further states that the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – which oversees U.S. sanctions on other nations, like Venezuela — “has a long history of conducting economic warfare valuable to any ARSOF [Army Special Operations Forces] UW [Unconventional Warfare] campaign.”

This section of the manual goes on to note that these financial weapons can be used by the U.S. military to create “financial incentives or disincentives to persuade adversaries, allies and surrogates to modify their behavior at the theater strategic, operational, and tactical levels” and that such unconventional warfare campaigns are highly coordinated with the State Department and the Intelligence Community in determining “which elements of the human terrain in UWOA [Unconventional Warfare Operations Area] are most susceptible to financial engagement.”

The role of these “independent” international financial institutions as extensions of U.S.

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Wikileaks Warns Reporters Not To Publish 140 “False And Defamatory” Statements About Julian Assange


08-01-19 02:54:00,

WikiLeaks is sick and tired of mainstream media outlets publishing inaccurate and at times defamatory claims about its founder, Julian Assange. So in a recent email to journalists who regularly cover the organization, Wikileaks described 140 “false and defamatory” claims about its founder, who has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012.

According to Reuters, WikiLeaks accused the Guardian of publishing a false report about Assange, though it was not immediately clear what specific report prompted the warning. The Guardian has refused to comment on the allegations.

The 5,000 word email claimed it was defamatory to suggest that Assange had ever been an “agent or officer of any intelligence service,” or that he had ever been employed by the Russian government, or that he is – or has been – closely connected with the Russian state.


Some of the claims were more bizarre, like claiming that Assange was a pedophile, rapist, murder or a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Others pertained to personal hygiene, like that Assange bleaches his hair, or has poor grooming habits. They also said it was defamatory to claim that Assange is a hacker or that he is not an Australian citizen.

Assange has remained in the embassy for fear that he could be extradited to the US to face charges stemming from violations of the Espionage Act. According to reports from late last year, the DOJ is preparing to file an indictment of Assange. Meanwhile, speculation that Ecuador could soon withdraw its offer of asylum has been simmering since President Lenin Moreno took over from the seemingly more sympathetic Rafael Correa.

Though the email was marked “not for publication,” a copy leaked online in its entirety.

Read the full text below:

* * *



Julian Assange has published the largest leaks in the history of the CIA, State Department, Pentagon, the U.S. Democratic Party, and the government of Saudi Arabia, among many others, as well as saving Edward Snowden from arrest. Predictably, numerous falsehoods have been subsequently spread about WikiLeaks and its publisher.

Falsehoods have also been spread by third parties: media competitors,

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The War on WikiLeaks: Trump’s Newest Puppet, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno – Global Research


30-11-18 01:48:00,

In 2016, Presidential candidate Donald Trump said “Wikileaks, I love Wikileaks” as U.S. President, Trump recently said “I don’t know anything about him. Really. I don’t know much about him. I really don’t.” It’s clear that the Trump administration with its CIA Director Mike Pompeo leading the charge want to prosecute or even murder WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. On April 13, 2017, Pompeo spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) based in Washington, D.C. and said the following:

WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service and has encouraged its followers to find jobs at the CIA in order to obtain intelligence. It directed Chelsea Manning in her theft of specific secret information. And it overwhelmingly focuses on the United States while seeking support from anti-democratic countries and organizations. It’s time to call our WikiLeaks for what it really is, a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. In January of this year our intelligence community determined that Russian military intelligence, the GRU, had used WikiLeaks to release data of U.S. victims that the GRU had obtained through cyber operations against the Democratic National Committee. And the report also found that Russia’s primary propaganda outlet, RT, has actively collaborated with WikiLeaks

Both Democrats and Republicans along with the American mainstream media want Wikileaks founder Julian Assange either behind bars or dead as Fox News contributor Bob Beckel expressed during a Fox News panel discussion several years ago on what should be done to Julian Assange when he said to “illegally shoot the son of a bitch.”According to The Associated Press (AP) earlier this month:

In a divided Washington, few causes have as much bipartisan support as prosecuting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.  Many Democrats seethed when the radical transparency activist humiliated Hillary Clinton by publishing the content of her campaign chairman’s inbox. Most Republicans haven’t forgiven Assange for his publication of U.S. military and intelligence secrets. Much of the American media establishment holds him in contempt as well 

However, the article did mention the concerns about free speech in the U.S. regarding certain activist groups:

But academics, civil rights lawyers and journalism groups worry that an attempt to put Assange behind bars could damage constitutional free speech protections,

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Wikileaks Says They Have 1,700 Emails Proving Hillary Clinton Knew about U.S. Military Weapons Shipments to Al Qaeda and ISIS | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Wikileaks Says They Have 1,700 Emails Proving Hillary Clinton Knew about U.S. Military Weapons Shipments to Al Qaeda and ISIS | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

11-04-18 07:35:00,

Among Global Research’s most popular articles in 2016. First published on August 14, 2016

Wikileaks head Julian Assange says he has proof that Hillary Clinton lied under oath while giving a public testimony following the 2013 Benghazi terrorist attack. Assange says Wikileaks has 1,700 emails proving Clinton’s statements that she was not involved or aware of any sale of weapons to Syrian “rebels” were a lie. In fact, Assange notes that the former Secretary of State was fully aware of the United States’ involvement in arming rebels in Libya in a bid to help them overtake Qaddafi. Ultimately, it is alleged that those same weapons then made their way to the Islamic State in Syria.

In a Democracy Now interview, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange claimed that the first batch of Hillary Clinton emails was only the beginning. Assange made the bold claims that his organization has more Clinton emails and that the next batch will be even more damning for the former Secretary of State and presidential hopeful. Wikileaks says that the emails contain proof that Hillary Clinton has lied under oath and that she was fully aware of weapons shipments to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State rebels.

The National Review points out that Wikileaks seems to be honing in on statements made by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following the 2013 Benghazi terrorist attack. In a public testimony, Secretary Clinton claimed that she had no knowledge of weapons transfers to Libya, Turkey, or Syria in the months leading up to the terrorist attack. Clinton said “I don’t have any information on that” when pressed about her personal knowledge of the weapons transfers.

She claimed to have no knowledge of any transfers of weapons from Libya to Turkey, Syria, or any other countries.

It was Senator Rand Paul that asked Clinton the damning question when he pointed out that there were news reports of ships leaving Libya with weapons and asked Clinton if she was aware of these transfers. He specifically asked if she or the United States had been involved in “any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya.” In response to the question,

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#ReleaseTheMemo: Wikileaks offers $1 million reward for FISA abuse memo

#ReleaseTheMemo: Wikileaks offers $1 million reward for FISA abuse memo

19-01-18 03:37:00,

US President Donald Trump has just lectured NATO on it member’s commitment performance and held a controversial meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and is next week to receive EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with trade matters being high up on the agenda.

Juncker is expected to present Trump with a package of proposals to help smooth relations and potentially heal areas of division, particularly those surrounding Europe’s trade relationship with America. Those proposals are precisely what is cropping up as another area of divergence between some members of the EU, specifically France and Germany, just after a major contention on migration has been driving discord within the Union.

This gets down to whether Europe should offer concessions to Trump on trade while Trump is admittedly describing the Union as a ‘foe’ and has initiated a trade spat with the Union by assessing trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, spurring retaliatory tariff measures from the EU Commission.

France, specifically, is opposed to any sort of compromise with Trump on the matter, where Trump is perceived as an opponent to the Union and its unity, whereas Germany is economically motivated to seek an end to the trade dispute under the threat of a new round of tariffs emanating from the Trump administration, and is therefore seeking to find some sort of proposal that Trump will accept and therefore back down on his protectionism against the EU, and Germany in particular.

Politico reports:

Only a week before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker flies to Washington, France and Germany are divided over how much he should offer to U.S. President Donald Trump to end a deepening trade war, say European diplomats and officials.

But, they add, Germany has the upper hand. Berlin is shaping Juncker’s agenda, suggesting three offers that he could take to Trump on July 25 to resolve the dispute, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French are uneasy about the wisdom of such a conciliatory approach, however, and publicly accuse Trump of seeking to splinter and weaken the 28-member bloc, which he has called his “foe.”

Despite Paris’ reservations about giving away too much to the increasingly hostile U.S.

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